Student talking to employer at Butler county Job Fair at Hamilton campus.

Sample Behavior-based Interview Questions

Motivation

  • Give an example of a time you went above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others.
  • Tell me about a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.

Planning and Organization

  • Describe how you handle having your schedule suddenly interrupted.
  • Tell me about a time when you worked effectively under pressure.
  • Give me an example of when you were unable to complete a project on time.

Decision-Making

  • Give me an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision.
  • Describe a difficult decision you made in the past six months. What made it difficult?
  • Tell me about a time when you made a bad decision.

Leadership

  • Tell me about a time when you had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas. What was your approach?
  • Give an example of your ability to build motivation in your co-workers, classmates or other group members.
  • Describe the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from. How did you handle it?

Interpersonal Skills

  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their needs and values.

Initiative

  • Describe a situation when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get the job done.
  • Give me examples of projects/tasks you started on your own.
  • Tell me about a time when you surmounted a major obstacle.

Communication

  • Describe your most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete.
  • Tell me about a situation when you had to speak up (be assertive) in order to get a point across.
  • Give an example of a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.

Teamwork

  • Tell me about a team experience you found rewarding.
  • Describe a team experience you found disappointing. What could you have done to prevent this?

Problem Solving

  • Tell me about a time you were creative in solving a problem.
  • Give a specific example of a policy you conformed to which you did not agree with.